SANDY — Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz is headed to Utah to play for Real Salt Lake this season, the team announced Monday.
Luiz, 30, will be loaned out to RSL from Italian club Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor — usualy refered to as SPAL — pending the paperwork of his visa and ITC goes through.
The defensive midfielder, who (in the tradition of Brazilian players) is sometimes listed as just Everton, has played for professional teams in Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland and Serbia.
“He fits into the culture we are creating and is the type of player that our fans will enjoy watching as his on-field commitment is a standard they will surely appreciate," RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in a news release. "His playing resume speaks for itself and his addition will allow the coaching staff to explore more options in squad selection each week.”Comment on this story
Luiz helped his Serbian club, Partizan Beograd, win Serbian Cup (twice) and SuperLiga (once). Last season, he helped SPAL stay in the Serie A, Italy's top league. This season, he's played in most of the club's matches, but usually coming off the bench.
“MLS is a league that is growing a lot and becoming more and more competitive. I am coming to a structured club that is full of potential to go further,” Luiz said in the release. “I’ve reached my dream of playing in one of the biggest leagues on the planet and share the pitch with many of the best players. I wasn’t playing as much as I wanted and I’m looking forward to new challenges and saw in Real Salt Lake a huge opportunity to keep growing in my career.”